Ajowan seed essential oil, also called ajwain seed or carom seed oil, is steam distilled from the seeds of a plant known botanically as Trachyspermum ammi syn. Carum copticum. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
The most common uses of ajowan seed oil include treating upper respiratory infections like bronchitis, arthritis, digestive disorders and ulcers, but it has many other uses, too.
Ajowan oil has analgesic, anesthetic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal, antihyperlipidemic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-platelet, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, anti-ulcer, antiviral, aphrodisiac, bronchodilatory, carminative, diuretic, estrogenic, expectorant, germicidal, hepatoprotective, hypotensive, insecticidal, nematicidal, spermicidal and stimulant therapeutic properties.
1. Alleviate Bronchitis
Add 2 drops of ajowan or ajwain seed essential oil to your diffuser, along with about 1/2 cup of distilled water, and enjoy 30 to 60 minutes of aromatherapy to treat bronchitis. Just set the diffuser next to you.
Ajowan’s analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antitussive and expectorant properties will help you feel better and clear up the infection. You can also add 1 drop of ajwain oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your chest, back and throat for relief.
*Ajowan seed essential oil has an herbaceous, spicy fragrance that is very strong. You don’t need to put more than a couple of drops of it in your diffuser.*
2. Quiet Coughs
Mix 1 drop of ajowan seed essential oil into an 8-ounce glass of tepid water and gargle with it to quiet coughs. This oil’s antitussive and antispasmodic therapeutic properties will quickly soothe your throat and stop throat muscle spasms.
3. Get Rid of a Fever
Blend 1 drop of ajowan seed EO in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into the soles of the feet to reduce a fever. It can be applied several times a day.
4. Treat Asthma
Practice ajowan seed essential oil aromatherapy to reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. It quickly reduces the inflammation in the airways and calms muscle spasms.
You can also mix 1 drop of ajowan seed EO into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage the blend into your chest, ribs and back for this benefit.
*A 1% dilution rate (1 drop of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use. Stronger dilution rates should not be used with ajowan seed essential oil.*
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